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was provided by governor cuomo, gov. christie, mayor bloomberg. everybody played by the rules except tonight when the rug was pulled out from under us. the people who are out of their homes, the people who are cold, the people who lost their jobs, they do not have the time to wait. we have responsibilities. >> the gentleman is recognized. >> i am sitting here in shock. there are americans suffering because of an act of nature. it is our obligation as americans to make sure we come to the aid of americans, and that is why on this issue democrats and republicans have come together in any kind of crisis. when it comes to natural disasters, we have always come together. how can we return -- how can we turn our backs on americans staminat? we cannot turn our backs on our citizens who need us, some who will not have a place to stay for a long time, people who suffer, people who need food. we are americans. i am shocked. mr. speaker, you have to reconsider. >> for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? the gentleman is recognized. >> i have been a member of this body for 24
christie a republican, and governor cuomo should be deeply disappointed and angry that this congress would adjourn without addressing the pain of our fellow citizens. i have been to new york. i have walked the beaches. i have seen their homes that have been destroyed with my colleague, greg meeks. i have talked to to members of congress. congressman crowley, congressman pallone, congressman rothman, all who have had their citizens deeply damaged by the ravages of the perhaps storm of historical proportions that struck the northeast. none of us is immune, not from a tornado, flood or a fire. i deeply regret that i can't change this opinion, but it's not what we ought to be doing that. there are republicans that are grieved by this action and democrats on this floor who are deeply grieved by this action. this is not the right thing to do. i would hope it would be reconsidered. we have asked our members to stay here. every one of them. knowing full well they wanted to go home, just for a day toe see their families. mr. speaker, i would hope this decision would be reconsidered. i would hope th
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